Expanding The Power of U.S. Latinos

2012 News & Articles

  • 10/17/2012 10:08 AM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Tributo A Mi Padre Tequila, founded by The Latino Coalition’s Chairman Hector Barreto, has been awarded the 5 Star Diamond Award. This prestigious award has traditionally been reserved for long established luxury leaders like the Plaza Hotel in New York, Trump properties, select Beverly Hills hotels and Mercedes Benz.

    “The Latino Coalition congratulates our Chairman Hector Barreto, the founding CEO of the new Tributo A Mi Padre Tequila, on his company’s recognition as the only Tequila in the world to receive the award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences,” said Allen Gutierrez, National Executive Director of the Latino Coalition.

    “As an organization that is devoted to empowering and celebrating Latino small businesses achievements, we are thrilled to see this Latino-owned and operated business, established in honor of Hector’s late father, Hector Barreto, Sr. succeed and grow,” said Gutierrez. “The announcement of this award in proximity to Father’s Day this Sunday is apropos.”

    “Hector Barreto was recently inducted into the Minority Small Business Hall of Fame, alongside his father, as a testament to their entrepreneurial drive, business ethics and commitment to the success of all minority communities,” added Gutierrez. “These achievements truly serve as an inspiration to our members. With a focus on the highest quality products and services and access to “The Four C’s” – capital, capacity, contracting and reducing cost, we believe today’s emerging Latino businesses can not only be successful, but can inspire national and international recognition.”

  • 07/18/2012 10:09 AM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, DC ¬– The Latino Coalition’s Small Business Week events – its participation in America’s Small Business Summit, an event organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, held May 21-22, and its Annual Economic Summit, held May 23 – were enormous successes by all measures.

    The Latino Coalition, the leading Latino non-profit small business organization founded in 1995 with a commitment of “building communities and partnerships for a stronger America,” brought together policy-makers, political leaders, leading national and international business figures, hundreds of business delegates from throughout the United States as well as international small business delegations from Mexico, Colombia and Bolivia.

    Continuing its tradition as an organization that attracts a who’s who of people impacting the future of business in America, The Latino Coalition heard from former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who delivered a major education speech, and Senator Marco Rubio, on the state of the Latino community and the U.S. business environment. The Annual Economic Summit, held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, generated more than 50 million media impressions and was covered live by CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN and was featured on the NBC Nightly News and in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times and by dozens of other media organizations.

    “Our Small Business event was an overwhelming success and reflects the type of impact The Latino Coalition is going to have for our members in the coming months and years,” said Hector Barreto, former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Chairman of The Latino Coalition. “We are proud of our organization’s rapid growth, its impact on our members as well as the strength of our partnerships and corporate supporters who invest in TLC and provide significant opportunities for our members.”

    This year’s events were sponsored by leading corporations with a strong commitment to the success of Latino small businesses including: Walmart, AlvaradoSmith, PayProBusiness, MasterCard, Google, Dun and Bradstreet, PG&E, AT&T, Intuit, Institute for Legal Reform; Verizon, The Coca-Cola Company, SuccessED, Conexion, Tributo, News Eagle 360 and American Beverage Association and media partners Latin Business Today, CapitalWirePR and El Clasificado.

    Each year The Latino Coalition is a partner in the America’s Small Business Summit – an event organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – that is focused on business-to-business procurement matches and small business education. Held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, the event featured corporate leaders including Rosalind G. Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club; Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation; as well as Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and Vanessa O’Connell, Small Business Editor of The Wall Street Journal.

    These annual Small Business Week events are part of The Latino Coalition’s continued focus on providing small businesses with the keys to success including access to “The Four C’s” – capital, capacity, contracting and reducing cost.

  • 06/22/2012 11:11 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Hector Barreto, Chairman of The Latino Coalition and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, was inducted in the Minority Small Business Hall of Fame during a ceremony held last month in Los Angeles.

    In receiving the honor Barreto joins his father in the Hall of Fame, making them them the first father and son inductees. The late Hector Barreto, Sr., was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame for his work both as a successful businessman in Kansas City, Missouri as well as for his role as a co-founder of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    “It is always an honor to be recognized for the work that you do and the community you care so much about,” said Barreto in his acceptance speech this week. “This honor is especially important to me because my father was in the first class of inductees. I am humbled by this award and always recognize the support I have received from family, friends and colleagues who have contributed greatly to any success that I have had in my life. And I am dedicated to continuing my work for the small business and minority business communities.”

    As SBA Administrator and the nation’s leading small business advocate, Barreto would tell entrepreneurs: “You are the engine that drives the American economy and you can challenge anyone of any size.” It’s a message that is the focus of his popular book The Engine of America, which examines winning business strategies from CEOs of 50 successful small businesses.

    During his five years at the agency, the SBA – the nation’s largest single financial backer of small business – exceeded all previous records in small business loans, women and minority owned business support, disaster relief and private-public sector procurement opportunities. Barreto directed the delivery of financial and business development programs to America’s entrepreneurs from a portfolio of direct, guaranteed and disaster loans worth more than $60 billion.

    “I remember reviewing our own Hall of Fame at the SBA,” Barreto notes. “There were so many successful national corporations that began small, with a big dream, and made that dream come true.”

    Now back in the private sector as the founding CEO of the new Tributo Tequila, he is pursuing his own advice, while serving the memory of his father. Tributo is now the only Tequila in the world with the 5 Star Diamond Award, from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, traditionally reserved for long established luxury leaders like the New York Plaza and Beverly Hills hotels, Trump properties and Mercedes Benz.

    In addition to his entrepreneurial work leading day-to-day operations of Tributo, Barreto serves as Chairman of The Latino Coalition, the leading Latino non-profit small business organization founded in 1995 with a commitment of building communities and partnerships for a stronger America. His is a driving force behind this organization’s tremendous growth over the past several years.

    The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum a non-profit organization, was founded in April 2004 through the collaborative efforts of John F. Robinson, president of the National Minority Business Council, Inc., New York; Don McKneely, president and publisher of the Business News Group; and Carol Daugherty Foster, editor of MBN USA, to spotlight the achievements of individuals and institutions who were pioneers in the development and growth of minority businesses globally. The purpose of the MBHF&M is to preserve, recognize and educate society on the contribution of these individuals and institutions.

  • 05/08/2012 10:11 AM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON (May 8, 2012) The Latino Coalition, the leading Latino non-profit small business organization founded in 1995 with a commitment of building communities and partnerships for a stronger America, announced today that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida will provide a keynote address and receive the annual Tributo Award at its Annual Economic Summit to be held at Noon on Wednesday, May 23 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building at 1615 H Street, NW,

    Washington, DC 20062.

    The event, held during National Small Business Week (occurring May 20-26 this year), will focus on procurement, business development, and trade opportunities. Each year The Latino Coalitionâ??s Annual Economic Summit attracts a whoâ??s who of U.S. policymakers and national business leaders as well as hundreds of Latino small business owners from across the country.

    â??Senator Rubio has emerged in the U.S. Senate as an honest, thoughtful and steady voice for small businesspeople across the nation,â?? said Hector V. Barreto, The Latino Coalitionâ??s Chairman and the former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006). â??His track record of work in Congress and his remarkable personal story serve as inspiration for all Americans and a reminder of the great opportunity America has provided to millions of Latinos. He knows that policies affecting small businesses are critically important to our nationâ??s ability to strengthen the economy and create jobs.â??

    This year The Latino Coalitionâ??s Annual Economic Summit comes on the heels of its annual participation in America’s Small Business Summit, an event organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This year The Latino Coalition will host hundreds of delegates from throughout the United States as well as international small business delegations from Mexico, Colombia and Bolivia.

    In 2011, The Latino Coalition presented the prestigious Tributo Award to the U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA), in recognition of significant contributions to the Latino Community and the Leadership Award to U.S. Senator John Cornyn (TX), in recognition of his contributions and outreach to the Latino Community and for years of exemplary public service to this country. Prior Tributo Award recipients include AltaMed President and CEO Cástulo de la Rocha and U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

    WHAT: The Latino Coalitionâ??s Annual Economic Summit Keynote: Sen. Marco Rubio

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 23 from 12:00 PM (Noon) until 2:00 PM
    Press set at 11:00 AM. Press riser and mult-box available. Fiber can be arranged by contacting Kathleen Gural at kgural@skehan.com

    WHERE: U.S. Chamber of Commerce building
    1615 H Street, NW,
    Washington, DC 20062

    PRESS: Press may contact adam@the2050group.com to request credentials.

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